Student task force champions new recycling scheme

28 Nov 2008 12:08:00.000

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Students from The University of Nottingham will be out on the streets this weekend to promote a new recycling scheme in part of the city.  


A group from the Students’ Union Environment Society has volunteered to help Nottingham City Council drive home the message about efficient recycling in the Lenton triangle. On three consecutive Sundays they are calling at every house to promote and explain the new service to householders. 


The Lenton Triangle is a residential area between Ilkeston Road and Derby Road with a high concentration of students. The student volunteers have teamed up with the city council’s Recycling Department which has provided information packs for the group to hand out. The Students’ Union has provided high-visibility vests for the team so they are easily identifiable. They’ll be calling on around 1,300 properties in the area.

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The idea of the joint project is to use a peer-to-peer approach to raise awareness and educate students living off-campus about the importance of using the new collection scheme. It’s also an example of community engagement and cooperation between students, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham City Council.


Under the new council scheme, each home will have a fortnightly collection plan. Every property will get a new brown bin with a grey lid for paper, cardboard, plastic and cans, with a removable compartment for glass bottles and jars. A green bin for general waste will be collected on alternate Mondays. Householders will also get a food waste bin with a supplementary smaller container and compostable bags for food waste which will be emptied every week.


Councillor Katrina Bull, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Climate Change at Nottingham City Council said: “We have a high number of students in the city and they can make a real difference to the environment by taking part in this exciting new recycling scheme.”


The manager of the University’s Off-Campus Student Affairs Department, Melanie Futer, said:

“The importance of post-materialist values and respect for the environment has become an important matter on the student agenda at the University of Nottingham.  Students appreciate the environment in which they reside and helping to make this clean and safe is seen as an essential part of student life in the community.  By going out and talking to everyone living in the Lenton triangle area, the students hope to ensure the best outcomes from the new recycling scheme.”


For any enquiries about recycling or waste management in the Nottingham city area, please call 0115 9152000 or visit


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Notes to Editors:


The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.


It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.  

Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy).  

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.


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More information is available from Melanie Futer, Off-Campus Student Affairs Manager on +44 (0)115 951 4649. Sim Duhra Recycling Officer, Nottingham City Council on +44 (0)115 015 2229


Emma Rayner - Media Relations Manager

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 74 84413  Location: University Park

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